Vinyl siding vs Wood Siding; Which is Best for You?

So the time to add new siding to your home has come. As you do your research, you will find two types coming up over and over, vinyl and wood. Which should you choose? Obviously, both have their pros and cons, but surely, one must be better than the other! Luckily for you, Executive Craftsman is here to help you make the right choice. We have years of experience under our belt and have seen just about every situation people can find themselves in when working on their home. Let us walk you through the pros and cons of both of these great choices. Will you be making the choice of wood or vinyl?

Cost

The biggest factor for anyone regardless of the project being done on their home is cost. Obviously, you are going to need the residing of your home to fit into your budget especially when paying for the material and labor. Without a doubt, vinyl is much cheaper than wood. In some cases, wood can be 250% more expensive than a match quality vinyl! The average cost of a square foot of vinyl is usually $1.60 while wood tends to be more expensive, even when of lower stock. All around vinyl is the more cost-effective siding when compared to wood.

Durability

Of course, you are going to want a strong siding on your home. The last thing you want is for it to fail in the middle of a blizzard. Wood expands and compresses with the changing temperatures. Naturally, this leads to a lot of wear and tear over time resulting in damages and the eventual need to be replaced. Vinyl, on the other hand, does not have this problem being able to work the same in both hot and cold weather. That being said vinyl can be more easily damaged than wood. When you have damage to a vinyl siding you need to replace a whole section of it rather than just a small bit like you would with wood. Both present pros and cons in the durability test with neither having a clear advantage over the other. This means it’s completely up to you and based on what you feel is the better choice.

Energy Efficiency

No one likes getting high energy bills, which is why you need your siding to be as energy efficient as it can. Vinyl is a great choice since it can be paired with insulation siding giving you a perfect way to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This type is also extremely eco-friendly, giving your home the seal of approval from your neighborhood environmentalist. Don’t count wood out though, the natural siding is just as energy efficient as vinyl. Wood is a natural insulator, giving you a great way to help the energy of your home costs. It also is very environmentally friendly and biodegradable, giving it a green edge over vinyl. The best way to decide between these two when it comes to energy efficiency is to take into account how much you use seasonally. Do you have your AC going 24/7 in the dog days of summer? Do you prefer using blankets and sweatshirts to stay warm in the cold months of winter? It all comes down to you and your lifestyle.

Maintenance

No matter which way you slice it, vinyl is easier to maintain than wood. Once the wood is installed, it needs to be treated right away. If you want to paint it, you’ll need to do that as soon as it’s installation is finished. Vinyl however just needs to be installed and it’s ready to go. Wood needs regular maintenance while vinyl does not. However, vinyl does have its fair share of maintenance issues. It needs to be washed regularly with soap and water to make sure there is no build-up of grime, dust, and pollen. While vinyl will stay strong through most weather, wood will rot and twist along with the possibility of termites and mold growth. Your choice in siding will be determining how much time you spend outside taking care of it.

In the battle between wood and vinyl siding, each has some distinct advantages and disadvantages over each other. You need to take into account your style of home and lifestyle before deciding on which style siding to get. Factoring in maintenance, cost, durability, and energy efficiency will help give you the answer and ensure that you do what is best for you and your home. At the end of the day, you need to have a reliable siding and know that it won’t fail you in the worst of weather. When you decide to get your choice installed onto your home, contact us right away.

The expert workmen at Executive Craftsman will not rest until their job is masterfully executed. Our services range from exterior work to interior renovations. We’ve seen it all and done it all so you can be assured that you are getting the best in the business. Rest easy knowing your home project is in good hands. If you are interested in learning more about Executive Craftsman and home construction, check out our blog.